Up anchor and off and the main outhaul is not working, sounds like the gear is stripped...oh dear !
Jury rigged an outhaul system with a line through a block on the end of the boom to a halyard winch to winch it out while the crew operates the electric in mast furler - no problem...out to 1.5 reefs and we're off...an hour late.
3 days of good winds and we're heading towards Norfolk Island. The wind died and we motored for more than a day to NZ...c'est la vie.
Arrived in Opua last Sunday night - 5 1/2 days from New Cal...avg 161 nm/day.
Cleared on Monday morning reprovisioned at Russell and off overnoght to Greta Barrier. Overnoghted in Smoke house bay and then off to Kawau. Overnogt at Lidgards bay and thence to Gulf Harbour on Thursday.
We're on N05 until Saturday afternoon and then moving to A65 where Elyse will stay for the duration.
Some statistics :
NZ - Tahiti 2749 nm
to Borabora 150
to Suvarov 690
to Savusavu 1073
to Vuda Pt 336
to New Caledonia 667
around New Cal 635
to New Zealand 867
to Gulf Harbour 157
Total distance sailed 7324 nm and all of it at between 160 and 170 nm/day...with 3 over 200 mile days on the way to Raivavae !
So that's it for this year.